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John Waihee becomes first governor of Hawaiian ancestry since Sam King in 1952.

Marcoses flee to Hawai'i from the Philippines.

Tsunami warning causes traffic gridlock in Honolulu.

Five O'ahu women murdered by serial killer.

Republican Pat Saiki elected to U.S. House of Representatives.


Satellite town planned to be built on the virtually uninhabited West Coast of O'ahu, along with seven Japanese financed hotels.

Eight-hundred fifty workers at Kaiser Hospital go on strike for seven weeks.

Inlandboatmen's Union workers go on strike for 26 days.

Hawai'i tourism 14% higher than the year before, surpassing the five million tourist mark for the first time.

Castle & Cooke chairman David Murdock announces plans to build homes, condominiums and two resorts on newly-purchased Lana'i, formerly home to the world's largest pineapple plantation.



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Space shuttle Challenger explodes after takeoff, killing entire crew, including Hawaii's Ellison Onizuka.

Hawaii's first heart transplant operation performed at St. Francis Hospital. Glen Silva, 51, receives heart of 16-year-old Michael Benson, a traffic accident victim.

Federal Supervisor Henry Law takes the initiative in saving Saint Philomena Church, the church used by Father Damien.

Honolulu Symphony goes on strike for 15 weeks.


Chernobyl nuclear disaster explodes across the media.

Iran-Contra scandal revealed.

Halley's comet passes near Earth.

Ferdinand Marcos ousted as ruler of the Philippines; he is succeeded by Corazon Aquino.


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